Results for: 2013

The Eight-Thousanders

The Eight-Thousanders

There is no greater challenge for mountain climbers than reaching the summit of the world’s 14 tallest peaks. Here is what they look like from space. Read more

How to Interpret a Satellite Image: Five Tips and Strategies

How to Interpret a Satellite Image: Five Tips and Strategies

What do you do when presented with a new satellite image? Here's what the Earth Observatory team does to understand the view. Read more

Holidays from the Heights

Holidays from the Heights

Bask in the warm light of your computer screen and sample the festive sights of the season from the perspective of satellites and space station residents. Read more

Notes from the Field: GPM in Japan, the Road to Launch

Notes from the Field: GPM in Japan, the Road to Launch

The joint NASA and JAXA Global Precipitation Measurement mission's Core Observatory has completed testing and is entering its final phase before launch in early 2014. The first step: traveling ~7300 miles to its launch site on Tanegashima Island, Japan. Read more

Notes from the Field: Operation IceBridge: Antarctica 2013

Notes from the Field: Operation IceBridge: Antarctica 2013

In November 2013, NASA's Operation IceBridge will study Antarctic land and sea ice, flying out of McMurdo Station in Antarctica. This is the fifth year that IceBridge has surveyed Antarctica but it is the first time the mission has ever operated directly on the continent. This new base of operations presents new challenges and new opportunities to measure parts of Antarctica the mission previously could not reach. Read more

Notes from the Field: Greenland Surface Melt Study 2013

Notes from the Field: Greenland Surface Melt Study 2013

In October and November of 2013, a NASA airborne campaign is surveying Greenland's ice sheet and nearby sea ice to study changes in surface elevation following the summer melt season. Read more

Something Fishy in the Atlantic Night

Something Fishy in the Atlantic Night

There’s a city in the middle of the ocean…a city of fishing boats. Read more

Dusting the Virtues of Snow

Dusting the Virtues of Snow

Scientist Tom Painter examines the differences between pure and dirty snow. A rise in dust can be a critical influence on snow-fed water supplies in the American West. Read more

Painted Glaciers

Painted Glaciers

Bits of soot, dust, pollen, ash, salt, sand, and rocks coat the world's ice. NASA scientist Kimberly Casey is using satellites to analyze the debris so she can answer some key questions about glaciers. Read more

Come Fly With the Newest Landsat

Come Fly With the Newest Landsat

Satellites don't take videos; they capture still images. But in a new mosaic, 56 stills have been stitched together to present a seamless video flyover of what LDCM saw one day in April 2013. Read more

Notes from the Field Blog: Iowa Flood Studies

Notes from the Field Blog: Iowa Flood Studies

A field campaign called the Iowa Flood Studies (IFloodS) is taking place in eastern Iowa from May 1 to June 15, 2013. The goal is to evaluate how well rainfall data from the upcoming Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission can be used for flood forecasting. GPM is scheduled for launch in early 2014. Read more

Managing Fire in Etosha National Park

Managing Fire in Etosha National Park

Prescribed fires should prevent blazes from raging out of control in one of Namibia’s most prized wildlife preserves. Read more

Notes from the Field Blog: Greenland Aquifer Expedition

Notes from the Field Blog: Greenland Aquifer Expedition

NASA scientists return to Greenland, not to investigate the ice but to learn more about the water trapped within the ice. Read more

In a Warming World, the Storms May Be Fewer But Stronger

In a Warming World, the Storms May Be Fewer But Stronger

Extreme storms such as Hurricane Sandy, Snowmageddon, and the tornadoes of 2011 have prompted questions about whether climate change is affecting the intensity of weather. Satellites, statistics, and scientific models are teaching us a lot about what we know and don't know about severe storms. Read more

World of Change: Green Seasons of Maine

World of Change: Green Seasons of Maine

Not many places on Earth have year-round greenery and four distinct seasons. The images in this series show the four seasons of Maine, the most forest-covered state in the U.S.A. Read more

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